Since first opening our doors in 2009, Nimbus has sought to do education differently, offering a unique blend of career-focused, hands-on training, experiential learning, mentorship from industry leaders, and a focus on interpersonal development.
Students who train at Nimbus have the opportunity to learn from the best in the business and get a real understanding of life in today’s ever-evolving media industry. All Nimbus students take a series of classes teaching interpersonal and relational skills, psychology, conflict resolution and how to be your very best.
One recent graduate, Michael Porcher, described his time at Nimbus as the best decision he has ever made. Michael dropped out of high school due to bullying. When he started attending Nimbus School of Recording & Media last year, he quickly realized it was not going to be the same. “Nimbus is different,” said Michael. “It felt like a home. I never wanted to leave.”
Our mandate is to be both a world-class educational facility and a family for students and staff.
“We expect a lot from our students, but everyone gets a clean slate when they start at Nimbus. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect,” said Nimbus co-founder Bob Ezrin (producer: Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd).
Nimbus has a strong focus on experiential and practical learning designed to equip students for their chosen career. Whether it is technical or interpersonal skills, at Nimbus the approach is the same. The school is constantly developing and evaluating its courses to keep up to date and in line with what graduates can expect to experience when they leave to seek employment. We also continually speak with industry leaders and professionals to find out what is expected from new graduates and future employees.
During the development of our Post & Game Audio Production program, Nimbus spoke with several leaders from top game and film production companies. When asked what kind of graduate these companies would want Nimbus to create, the response came very quickly:
“Create a human being that we won’t mind being stuck in a room with for 18 hours a day.”
This response is not uncommon. Nimbus’ focus on hands-on training using the latest industry standard gear, 24/7 studio time, small class sizes, and mentorship from industry professionals is something to be proud of; but what makes Nimbus special is its focus on people.
“The small class sizes meant I had lots of personal time with the instructors. Nimbus is a very supportive environment, everyone is so encouraging and willing to help. The supportive environment and the expertise of the instructors made such a huge difference,” said Michael Porcher.
In one of his regular meetings with students, Nimbus co-founder Bob Ezrin recently said: “who you are is more important than what you know.”
Nimbus believes teaching students how to be decent, competent human beings is just as important as teaching technical know-how. That is why from day 1 at Nimbus, Registered Clinical Counsellor Tamara Adilman was brought in to teach all students as part of the on-going curriculum.
Tamara Adilman’s “Don’t Push My Buttons” psychology classes are incorporated into each program at Nimbus School of Recording & Media, and are a highlight of many students’ experience at Nimbus.
“That class completely changed how I interact with people,” said Nimbus alumnus Seth Stuve.
Nimbus alumnus Travis Dean said “Tam’s classes totally changed my perspective.”
Tamara describes her class as a lesson in “how to be”. The course teaches students valuable life skills such as interpersonal relations, conflict resolution, body language, and self awareness.
“It’s quite hands-on,” said Tamara. “I’ve just always felt that hands-on is how people learn, which is one of the great things about Nimbus as a whole. It’s very hands-on.”
After taking Tamara’s class, many students are noticeably different. They “speak up more, are more confident, they are more likely to take a leadership role… they feel better about themselves!” said Tamara.
“When I first had “Tam class” I was hesitant,” said Travis Dean:
But the more I opened up my mind to the ideas she was bringing to the table, the more interesting it became. It began affecting my life, not just my life as an up-and-coming producer, but my personal life as well. I started to notice bad relationships and toxic body language, [things that are] no good in the studio or in the life of someone trying to have success. I learned how to actively listen better and be empathetic rather than frustrated. Tam’s classes allowed me to be more solutions oriented when it came to dealing with all types of people. Every aspect of what she taught was beneficial in one way or another.
Tamara’s classes use experiential learning with practical examples from studio and industry life to increase self awareness and relational skills. The course is designed to help students learn how they need to grow or develop as individuals and how to adapt to different situations on the job. It’s very satisfying for students to take the skills learned here and use them in the studio, said Tamara.
If only I had had a Tam class back in the day, said Nimbus Co-Founder GGGarth Richardson. I would have done things differently.
“I want you to know how much of a difference your program has made,” said one parent. “Our son is so happy, it is unbelievable. He is a completely different young man than the kid who left home last year.“
“I am a different person after taking Tam’s classes,” said Travis Dean. “I am more social, I respond better to confrontation. At Nimbus they teach you how to own your life and really how to “be”, the Tam Classes are like the glue that hold a lot of the other ideals together. She teaches you how to utilize the ideas and how to be aware of them in any situation, which is a key aspect to being a successful producer.”
Michael Porcher graduated from the Post and Game Audio Production Fast-Track certificate program in 2014. He went on to find work almost immediately. Michael says he is a different person than he was when he started the course and is grateful for his experience: “Coming to Nimbus was the best decision I ever made. Everything I learned at Nimbus I have used on the job.”
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our blog series, “The Nimbus Ecosystem” coming next week!